Overheard on CNN.com:  How relevant are new stories about the Holocaust?
A pogrom in Lvov in 1941, where Ukrainian Nazi collaborators ransacked the city while abusing and murdering Jews
June 24th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: How relevant are new stories about the Holocaust?

Comments of the Day:

"If one ever wants to see humanity's real face, just read the comments on any CNN story concerning a particular religion or background."–TheFinalWerd

Silence lifted: The untold stories of rape during the Holocaust

Was sexual violence more common during the Holocaust than originally believed? Were victims and their families too ashamed or too traumatized to report it, even when able to talk about other atrocities? The story had CNN.com readers arguing over the relevance of new stories on a 65-year-old genocide.

DanUSMC said, "My first response to this was to question why they keep bringing this up, and why do we need to see this? But to be honest, we need to be reminded of how pervasive this really was. It was not a couple of people doing this, it involved tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of troops–previously good people somehow turned into careless murderers."

doors43 said, "Picture # 3 had me crying, seeing all those babies and little girls forced naked before death with their mothers. I think of my own 7-year-old daughter and am sickened at how scared she would be if this happened to me and her, knowing I couldn't do my job as a mother and protect her. I'm ashamed this is part of humanity's history. And no, I'm not Jewish, Israeli or German."

1racebannon said, "The Nazi regime shows us that there is almost no limit to the evil that can be perpetrated upon fellow human beings when your ideology is grounded in racism and hatred. It's not pretty, but it shouldn't be swept under the rug either."

pgrenader said, "The only Holocaust story which is newsworthy is the current BS of those who insist it didn't occur, which can be likened to blasphemy as far as I am concerned."

abm2009 said, "I am an American-born Jew: Never been to Israel, didn't lose any relatives in the Holocaust, and I'm not very religious. The Holocaust did happen, and anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool - seriously, what do you gain by denying it? Also, I think we need to remind ourselves of the Holocaust so that it doesn't happen again. But I, too, am tired of the victimhood. I'm tired of Jews being perceived as victims and wanting to be perceived as victims. There are other Holocaust stories, one where Jews fought back. I want the Jewish narrative to change."

Why don't you write about other genocides? asked some CNN.com readers. worldiscrazy said, "I feel bad for the victims, but the topic of Holocaust has been brought up a gazillion times in the past. People don't bring up Vietnam War or Nanking Massacre anymore. They're all atrocious, but there is a point in life when bringing up these issues repeatedly causes more pain than closure."

Chinny1 said, "Yes, violence against women in this capacity is appalling. But this was approximately 60 years ago. Relatively few people from that generation are still alive. Can't we just focus on present-day victims of violence in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Africa, etc.? Let's not neglect the present."

shnawky1 asked, "Did you miss the links to FOUR stories on present-day atrocities embedded within the story or did you just read the headline?"

House conflicted on Libya campaign

The Republican-led House of Representatives rejected a bill Friday restricting funding for the NATO-led Libyan offensive; earlier, they rejected a resolution supporting the same offensive. Like House members, CNN.com readers seemed conflicted over Libya. LightnUp said, "I don't understand the GOP perspective on this one." maybrick said, "Republicans were all complaining that Obama waited too long to deal with Libya and then when he did something about it they complained about the cost. You just can't please some people."

JJNOLA said, "Come on, Republicans. You're making it very hard to read you. You usually love this invasion stuff. Why the hesitation? We can let you stand in front of the 'Mission Accomplished' banner again."

JulieWorth said, "Whatever the hypocritical reason they've become pacifists, don't go in the opposite direction and become a warmonger just because Obama made a bad political decision."

NewYorkah said, "As far as I can tell, Democrats only like war when their president starts it, even if he didn't follow proper procedure." pgrenader said, "Hey 'New Yorkah'–Baaaaston here and you're full of it. You show me one photograph of one U.S. combat officer on Libyan soil and I'll show you a violation of the War Powers Act. Until then, get your facts straight and cool it with the ridiculous compartmental bias."

krusty2p said, "I'm not anti-Obama, but I don't think that just because U.S. soldiers are not there or being killed makes this anything else than going to war."

JMW77 said, "We just need to get out of these wars and stop trying to be the police of the world."

10 exercise myths that won't go away

If you thought stretching before exercising would reduce injury, you were wrong, studies show. Also, you can nix the idea of spot reducing for toned arms. Oh, and forget the protein shake. Exercise gurus weighed in on what myths they hated most. The mythbusting had many readers talking about stretching.

enver2 said, "This is exactly the kind of pseudo-scientific 'gee whiz!' reporting that leads so many people astray. No. 1 in particular is madness. Hey everyone, stop stretching! What great advice!"

disgustedNY said, "I run a lot and I can tell you for sure that No. 1 is incorrect! I am 46 and if I don't stretch my leg muscles I can get nasty cramps."

mosspoh said, "Your sample size of one does not make it incorrect. Static stretching is not that useful. Cramps tend to be the result of electrolyte imbalances. The best warmup is dynamic stretching, i.e. a light jog, some lunges, pushups, etc. until you have a nice sweat built up. That is data-supported. Stretching can actually result in strength reduction if done BEFORE lifting weights."

Las730 said, "Well when you get 'old,' exercising can cause your joints to be stiff after cardio. Stretching sure relieves that!"

Hoeech That may be true in your case and in many others, but a cramp technically isn't an injury: It's when the muscle spasms momentarily due to high sudden demands placed on it. Stretching has its value, but it won't prevent torn ligaments and sprains.

pappakap said, "Stretching is no good? What about yoga?"
scot4875 said, "There's a lot more to yoga than just stretching. Yoga also requires a lot of balance and strength."

larry051967 said, "I have been running for too many years to count and I and my friends always warm up with some easy running and break a sweat, then stretch just a little and really slow and easy. We concentrate most of our stretching after a run and then we still do it gently and don't make a big deal out of it. Many times the stretching is just skipped and I've never had a serious injury even with 100-mile weeks when I was younger."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    ask your self this: has war ever brought PEACE? has there ever been a war that had an out come where peace was the result?

    June 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @jazzz: has there ever been peace that didn't lead to war?

      June 25, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Yes troll Jazzzzzzzz. Many wars dating all the way back to the Vikings and to the last century. WWll and the defeat of the Nazis brought about peace and ended much suffering of their victims.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    War doesn't bring about peace Joey... yes when the war ends there is no more physical suffering but the mental suffering lives on for many years, if it ever it goes away. And the final war between man and God will always be.... until the end. That"s the war we all should be concerned with.

    June 25, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    the two above posts were mine Banasy Ya Know.

    June 25, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I just got up and I've been trolled all over the place, talking to banasy troll, talking to Jazzzzzzz...
    I have a very sick friend who had emergency surgery, closest friend many decades, please can't you just leave me alone.

    June 25, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I think they're sweet on you, joey. You're always on their mind

      June 25, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ amicpamaine:
    Good post!
    Theocracy is right.
    I have always refused to play the game. That's made it harder, but one has to go around the game to have it his way.
    When I was young, I'd hit obstacles and become depressed. Now I know that they're flak from the game, and I enjoy waging war on the game.

    June 25, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    All that nakedness and no good times? BORing..

    June 25, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. vonna huitt

    Geezzz...and your point is?

    June 25, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Lee , good point *what peace* no peace here as long as man does what man does and *not* what Jesus does.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Debasement of humanity at the hands of humans has been a part of human history.
    Even now in these 'civilized', 'enlightened'.times , this goes on.

    Wars, carnage, devastation, deaths in tens of thousands, torture, racism, intolerance. just look at the past decade. We see it flashed in news, on our TV screens, even entertainment now centers around violence. Movies , electronic games The more graphic the portrayal the better. What has changed?
    Holocausts have happened & would happen.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    "There will be wars and reports of wars" That's what YOUR guy said, not ours. (although he is one of our guys, he's not THE one. Allah! is The One. Or is there three of him now too?

    June 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar


    June 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Normita Pangan

    Good day! I just want to comment about how CNN news misspelled the word "prize" as "price" during a report regarding a fellow Filipino (Jose Vargas) who won Pulitzer award. It was prompted as "Pulitzer Price Winner" instead of the correct "prize". Anyway, it caused a little confusion here with my boyfriend who's incidentally an american citizen. I hope that you'd be more accurate since we use CNN too as reference when it comes to English language. Thank you.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned

      CNN shouldnt be used as a reference to anything let alone the frigging English language. No wonder the rest of the world hates America they use CNN as a reference tool.

      July 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bart

    puhleazeee! no more holocaust story.. hitler wasn't successful anyway.i mean there are still jews around and their not the only ones who suffered during ww2. geez let it rest.

    July 1, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
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